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Lars Jacobsen: I Still Like Everton

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Blackburn defender Lars Jacobsen returns to former club Everton on Sunday with no hard feelings over his departure from Goodison Park after one frustrating season.

 

The Denmark international joined the Toffees last summer from German side Nurnberg on a one-year contract but immediately dislocated a shoulder on international duty and that injury kept him out for seven months.

 

He finally made his debut on March 21 but went on to appear as a second-half substitute in Everton's FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

 

On that basis David Moyes was only prepared to offer another 12-month contract to the right-back and so Jacobsen went looking for alternatives and found Rovers willing to sign him for two years.

 

But the 30-year-old has no axe to grind with Moyes as he prepares to face his former boss.

 

"I had my ups and downs there but when I look back at the year I was still pleased with the way things turned out," said Jacobsen, who has started all four of Blackburn's four league matches this season

 

"I didn't have the best start with a shoulder injury and was out for the first half of the year.

 

"We were talking about a new contract but the manager wanted to offer me a one-year deal and I wanted to get a bit of security in my life.

 

"My wife is having a child, hopefully next week, so I didn't want to move around a lot.

 

"I understand him fully. I was not able to play for most of the season and was struggling to get back to get my fitness level up again and I can't really blame him.

 

"He gave me the chance in the first place to prove myself and then I got injured and couldn't prove myself so I understand that.

 

"There are no hard feelings. I enjoyed my year at Everton. I spoke to the manager (Moyes) after I signed for Blackburn and he wished me good luck and I wished Everton good luck.

 

"I still think Everton are a great club. I talk to a lot of people there and I have to thank them for letting me play in an FA Cup final."

 

With a full pre-season behind him Jacobsen has settled in well at Ewood Park and is looking for the club to build on last weekend's 3-1 victory over Wolves, their first win of the season.

 

However, he knows it will not be easy against his former club, despite their stuttering start to the season which has left them next to bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

 

"It was a hard pre-season but I am enjoying it so far. We've played some decent games and my form is decent as a well," he added.

 

"It was very nice to get that first win, especially at Ewood Park. We dropped some points in the first couple of games when we shouldn't have so it was nice to get the season started.

 

"Goodison is a very difficult place to play but I'm looking forward to getting back to my old home ground and hopefully we can get some points there.

 

"They are a strong team; I saw them win 4-0 in the Europa League (against AEK Athens) so it is going to be a tough test for us but we have to focus on our own things and play the game we do best.

 

"If we find the things we did against Wolves hopefully we can score some goals and keep it tight at the back as well."

 

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